Leeds hospital ward killings revealed in report

From BBC - March 6, 2018

Two men died after being attacked on a hospital ward by a fellow patient with paranoid schizophrenia whose drugs had been stopped, it has emerged.

Roger Lamb, 79, and Ken Godward, 76, were beaten by 70-year-old Harry Bosomworth at St James's University Hospital, Leeds, in 2015.

A report, leaked to the Health Service Journal (HSJ), found nurses on the ward had little mental health care training.

Two trusts have admitted failings and said they were working on improvements.

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Mr Bosomworth, who had previously been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was admitted to St James's in January 2015 for treatment for cancer and was receiving acute care on ward J19.

The attack happened on the morning of 28 February when he awoke after being sedated due to aggressive behaviour.

He hit Mr Lamb and Mr Godward with his walking stick, leaving both men with head and neck injuries. They died days later.

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